Top of Job Creation Index: North Dakota and D.C. –- Bottom? R.I. and N.M.

February 12, 2014 - 12:31 PM

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(CNSNews.com) -- North Dakota and the District of Columbia lead the nation in terms of workers' perception of job creation, according to Gallup’s Job Creation Index, while the states at the bottom of the index are New Mexico and Rhode Island.

In addition, three of the states in the top five for job creation – North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska -- “are strongly Republican in party affiliation,” reported Gallup, while “all three states with a long track record at the bottom – Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York – are heavily Democratic.”

The Job Creation Index is a measure established by the polling group that calculates “net hiring, determined by asking full- and part-time U.S. workers, aged 18 and older, whether their employer is hiring new people and expanding the size of its workforce, not changing the size of its workforce, or letting people go and reducing the size of its workforce. The index score is the difference between reported ‘hiring’ and ‘letting go.’”

Oil well in North Dakota

Oil well in North Dakota. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Nationwide, the Job Creation Index score is 20.  The low range is 12 and the higher range is 40, according to Gallup. North Dakota, for example, scored the highest with a 40 while Rhode Island scored the lowest at 12.

The states (and the district) that ranked in the top ten and their index score for job creation were:

North Dakota, 40

District of Columbia, 30

South Dakota, 30

Delaware, 29

Nebraska, 29

Minnesota, 28

Texas, 27

Michigan, 25

Iowa, 25

Arizona, 23

Wisconsin, 23

Hawaii, 23

Although North Dakota and D.C. were only one rank apart, North Dakota’s score of 40 is 33.3%  higher than D.C.’s score of 30. Three of these states, North Dakota, Nebraska and Texas, have a track record of ranking in the top states for job creation in the past five years.

The states ranking in the bottom ten for job creation, along with their index score, were

Rhode Island, 12

New Mexico, 13

Vermont, 13

West Virginia, 14

New York, 15

Connecticut, 15

Maine, 16

North Carolina, 16

New Hampshire, 16

Kentucky, 16

Alabama, 16

Arkansas, 16

Two of these states, Rhode Island and Connecticut, have been in the bottom-ranking states since 2008, and New York has had the low-ranking distinction for the past four years.

Rhode Island Governor

Rhode Island's Democrat Gov. Lincoln Chafee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

“Three of the five states with the strongest track records at the top of the state job-creation ranking – North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska – are strongly Republican in party affiliation,” reported Gallup. “All three states with a long track record (at least four years) at the bottom – Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York – are heavily Democratic.”

North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska which are ranked in the top five for job creation, according to Gallup, also enjoy some of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States.

North Dakota’s low unemployment rate leads the nation at 2.6%, while South Dakota and Nebraska fall in a close second place with 3.6% unemployment, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The District of Columbia, which ranked second for job creation and where many government workers reside, has an 8.1% unemployment rate.

The lowest-ranked state for job creation according to Gallup, Rhode Island, has a 9.1% unemployment rate, according to BLS.